18 month sentence for convicted ‘cannabis dealer’ after £50k worth of drug seized in Cookstown

Cannabis smoker (Stock image)

Cannabis smoker (Stock image)

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Police have welcomed the news that a Cookstown man has been jailed after being found guilty of possessing almost £50,000 worth of herbal cannabis with intent to supply.

James Doyle, 27, was also convicted in February of the possession of the Class B drugs along with criminal property.

When police raided his home in Maloon Hill in December 2014, they also seized £70,000 in cash.

Doyle was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Dungannon Crown Court on Wednesday morning (April 6) and will spend a further 18 months on license.

Detective Inspector Will Tate said: “This was a result of a successful, proactive search operation led by officers from the Mid Ulster District Support Team, supported by detective colleagues in Reactive and Organised Crime, at Doyle’s Cookstown home in December 2014.

“Almost £50,000 worth of herbal cannabis and £70,000 cash were seized from the property.

“Police in Mid Ulster remain committed to tackling the issue of drug supply and distribution. We understand the harm drug sale, supply and use can cause within communities and we will continue to work with residents to identify those involved in the local illegal drugs trade and to hold them to account for their crimes.”